Sheep milk could be big business

One of the benefits of sheep dairy was that farmers could generate three incomes from the one animal: milk, meat and wool.

Forget cows, sheep could be the next big thing for the dairy industry.

Landcorp's green accord

Farming consultant Dr Alison Dewes has been especially active in trying to mitigate pollution in the Waikato River.

State-owned farmer invites leading environmentalists to advise it on how to be more sustainable.

TPPA disappoints dairy sector

The TPPA has not delivered expected benefits to the dairy industry, but some hope farmers will still gain from the deal.

The TPPA has few obvious benefits for the dairy sector, commentators say.

Jailed for abusing cows

Michael James Whitelock has been sentenced to four and a half years jail for animal cruelty offences.

A dairy worker has been handed what is believed to be NZ's longest prison sentence for animal cruelty.

'Time to have a breather' - Guys

Bryan and Jo Guy are looking to sell their farm.

The Feilding farm where Scott Guy was killed in 2010 is up for sale.

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Curiouser and curiouser – AgResearch disappears down the rabbit hole

At the opening of the Agricultural Greenhouse GasResearch Centre in Palmerston North in 2011 were AgResearch chairman Sam Robinson, the centre's director and the then-minister David Carter. The centre is now caught up in AgResearch's "right-sizing" plan.

The Government has trimmed $100 million in “right-sizing” from AgResearch since reforms began. What is the CRI’s right size, Doug Edmeades asks.

Fossicking in Fonterra’s annual report

THE release of Fonterra's annual report on 24 September coincided for me with a long plane trip back from China. I used the time trying to work out what all the numbers really mean.  It was not an easy task.

There are other uses for maize grain

Family differences in farming


Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?


Lincoln University's low cost farming paying off

Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy looks over dairying's new workplace action plan with Methven farmer and DairyNZ director Alister Body.

5:00 AM  A tight rein on farm costs appears to be paying off for a Lincoln University Dairy Farm (LUDF) operating under a low payout

Jailed for abusing cows

A dairy worker has been handed what's believed to be NZ's longest prison sentence for animal cruelty.

The 2016 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards open on October 20.

Launch for 2016 dairy industry awards

The 2016 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards is about to kick-off with a launch event.


Top tips for lambing

The best strategy for utilising the pasture is to prioritise stock classes, says sheep lecturer Dr Rene Corner-Thomas.

Massey University's International Sheep Research Centre has the top tips for lambing after a hard winter to get the most out of a flock.

Beekeeping tips shared

Even after 27 years getting to know the habits and quirks of bees, Murray Bush reckons there is still something special about the insect. 

Institute of Directors chief executive Simon Arcus wants to see better governance in farming.

Governance course in demand in Manawatu

Farmers want course on better governance.


Salmon farms nearly ready

An existing New Zealand King Salmon farm at Ruakaka Bay in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Three new salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds will be up and running in the very near future.

New programme for marine farmers

A new programme designed to bring transparency to the aquaculture industry in New Zealand has been launched.

The beach at Rarangi, outside Blenheim, where Cloudy Bay Clams operates.

Clam company 80 tonnes over quota

A clam harvesting company in Marlborough is trying to increase its shellfish quota after it overfished in the region by nearly 80 tonnes last year.


TPPA - what does it all mean?

Dairy is the biggest loser in the TPPA deal struck in the early hours of Tuesday.

What will Kiwis get out of the TPPA?

Exporters expect quiet start to lamb sales

WITH forecasts of a drop in production of both beef and lamb this season, meat exporters are predicting a quiet start to sales on international markets and little improvement until later in the season.

Smackdown, Dupont's second most highly ranked bull, at the Winchester Rodeo.

Demand for bucking-bulls on the rise.

A South Canterbury rodeo contractor breeds bulls for bull riding.


Fair weather lambing so far

Farmers have their fingers crossed that the fair weather for lambing continues.

5:00 AM  North Canterbury farmers are wary a good lambing spell of fine weather may only be a temporary reprieve from drought.

Lambing going well despite cooler spring

Sheep farmers in South Canterbury are happy with how lambing has progressed this spring, on the back of an unseasonably long, cold winter.

One of the benefits of sheep dairy was that farmers could generate three incomes from the one animal: milk, meat and wool.

Sheep milk could be big business

Forget cows, sheep could be the next big thing for the dairy industry.


Oilseed rape goes from biodiesel to a food oil crop

About 50 growers supply Pure Oil with rapeseed, known for its distinctive bright yellow flower in spring.

A Canterbury company is turning New Zealand-grown oilseed rape – regarded as a commodity crop elsewhere – into a high-quality food-grade oil.  

Sacrifices made when the water runs out

TONY HOWEY grows carrots, onions, potatoes, wheat, grass seed and organic black currants  and  relies on irrigation for all those crops. When water restrictions and then a complete shutdown came in last summer his business was hit hard.

Lake Opuha in South Canterbury is full again after falling so low last summer that irrigation had to cease.

Worries of another disastrous summer

BEFORE the irrigators are even turned on, farmers on the Opuha scheme in South Canterbury have been put on 50 per cent restriction as anxiety grows that last year's disastrous season could be repeated.


Much at stake for young stock auctioneers

Cam Bray credits his win in a Young Auctioneer of the Year Competition for getting him ahead in the industry.

5:00 AM  Winning a young auctioneering competition has been "life-changing'' for last year's winner.

Landcorp's green accord

State-owned farmer invites leading environmentalists to advise it on how to be more sustainable.

Shareholders say there are alternatives to the Chinese offer to buy into Silver Fern Farms.

Counter-proposal for SFF

Shareholders opposed to the Silver Fern Farms deal with Shanghai Maling canvas support for a $90m rights issue.


Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Love of dairying overcomes cow allergy

Sheree Walters has responsibility for the young stock on Canterbury Grasslands' farm.

AN ALLERGY to cows has not stopped Sheree Walters from fulfilling her dream of dairy farming.

Making Holstein history in NZ

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Megan Friel with one of Mt Mable's 2015 sale bulls – before she knew the results of her latest mammogram.

Cancer found, but it could have been worse

Don't forgo your own health because you're too busy on the farm, says Norsewood's Mt Mable angus breeder Megan Friel.


Honey trap for bee thieves

Sensors sending production data to beekeepers are also being used to deter honey thieves.

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